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Economics of Staying Home

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There’s nothing wrong about a family in which both parents work outside of the home. Each family’s situation is different, and the choice about whether to have one parent stay at home with the children is a personal, family decision that should be made after considering all factors. While it’s true that a single income family may have lower wages flowing into their joint accounts each month, that doesn’t make them less economically efficient. Read Article

Integrity in Productivity

Man working at a computer

My days are pretty full; that’s by design. I have my primary job, which is taking care of the kids. Layered on top of that job is my responsibility for maintaining our home, which includes getting supplies, indoor cleaning, and outdoor maintenance. I then layer on my own priorities, which include taking care of my health and writing. When I lay each of these pieces out on my schedule, my calendar groans a little bit.Read Article

Episode 17: Chores

Clothes pins on a laundry line in the afternoon

As Benedict & Felicity continue to grow and are able to do more, I talk about how I need to do a better job about inviting them to help me do my jobs. I want my children to know how to work, and the first step in that process is to include them in the maintenance of our household, even if it makes things more complicated.Read Article

Comprehensive Sexual Education

Sun peaking through a blooming tree

Parents have to do many uncomfortable things, not least of which is provide their children with a sexual education. This is what it means to be a parent, to shepherd the hearts of their children and raise them in truth. Moms and dads are irreplaceable, and they must be people of courage and integrity. I think that parents yield too much of their responsibility to schools.Read Article

Dear Father

Priest elevates the Eucharist at Mass

I’m the youngest of three kids. Before I had my first child, I didn’t know anything about kids. I understand that my little ones may be confusing, but there’s something that I want you to know.
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Episode 16: Purge

Trash cans in a hallway

Alison & I decided to spend our Memorial Day weekend on a big project. We swapped two rooms upstairs, and went through our attic, garage, and all of our closets getting rid of the things that we were no longer using. It felt incredible, so I also knocked out my phone. Now I can breathe again.Read Article

Why Boredom Happens

Woman looks into the distance at dusk

I was at our Credit Union last week conducting some business when one of the employees remarked that it was her parents’ wedding anniversary. A coworker commented on the happiness of the day, to which she responded, “Not really, they’re divorced.” The scope of divorce in our society is disheartening, and I wonder how many of them could have been prevented.Read Article

Episode 15: Catholic Business

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Having a “Catholic” business doesn’t mean running your business poorly. I talk about a business owner in my parish who was trying to run an authentic Catholic business, but instead ran it into the ground. I also share the secret to running a great Catholic business, and the competitive advantage is easier to achieve than you might think.Read Article

Commit Yourself to A Program

Person works on a checklist

What a privilege it is to live in the Modern era. No matter what goal I set for myself, someone has already achieved it, and their method is readily available to me. I want to lose weight, and there are plenty of plans out there to help me implement the proven program.Read Article

Episode 14: Just Start

Hopscotch in the playground

Perpetually behind, I realize that I keep falling into a common trap. I want to do everything so perfectly that I end up getting nothing done. I talk about why this is such an easy trap to fall into and the perfect antidote.Read Article

Build Your Parish

People standing in a row

A few years ago, my parents’ parish redesigned their website. I have an interest in these sorts of things, so I complemented my mom one day on its beauty and usability. As it turns out, in a parish full of technologists, they were paying a 3rd party company to build and run their website. My mom expressed dismay that no one had stepped forward to take on that responsibility.Read Article

Episode 13: Laziness

Messy bed in a messy room

I’ve been getting back into the swing of things with Alison on the job again. I had my botox injections last week, and, to be honest, I’m struggling. In the midst of this, yet another, learning experience, I’m learning another hard lesson.Read Article

Set the Bar Low

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I’m not one to advocate for low bars. I’ve been told that I am particularly hard on people, which, upon reflection, is regrettably true. Setting ambitious expectations can be a net positive, but when it comes to my job, it can be demoralizing.Read Article

Episode 12: No Backup

Swings on a playground

Alison is back to work after several weeks on maternity leave and I’m home alone with three little kids. I share a few quick thoughts on my role and prepare myself for the day ahead.Read Article

Quitting Social Media

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I remember a time, a decade ago, when the Internet was fun. It was an open, collaborative place where you could find interesting articles and links, follow your friends, find a few laughs, and get a real sense of connection. It’s amazing what the passage of time can do, even a relatively short passage of time. Today, the Internet has become four or five main websites. Those sites are essentially ads, spyware, spam, and garbage.Read Article

Episode 11: Curious Kids

Studio microphone in a recording booth

On a family adventure two weeks ago, Benedict asked me to record some videos of him feeding the animals. I noticed that he was starting to give introductions as if hosting a television program segment. I’ve taken that interest and am introducing him to some of my favorite digital production hobbies.Read Article

Episode 10: Shortcuts

Car door at dusk

I always wax our family cars in April and October. I bought a special tool on Amazon to help me get the job done faster, but it didn’t work out. Shortcuts are amazing, but when it comes to things that are important to us, they seldom work out. There are no shortcuts to get anything that we truly want, or to accomplish anything that we value. Read Article

Gardener

Flowers blooming in a field

We’re lucky in the summer to have several large oak trees around our house. They give us glorious shade and a respite from the intense afternoon sun. This was our first Fall in this house, and I didn’t realize just how many acorns these giants drop. I now have a sizable oak grove in my front yard.Read Article

Episode 9: Divine Mercy

Mountain peak at sunrise with wispy clouds

After 364 days of sin, we arrive once again at the celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday. Based on the revelations of St. Faustina, a Polish nun, we take a day to marvel at the unfathomable depths of God’s mercy. Along with this Feast is a special opportunity for us to make amends with God and have our relationship renewed to the same condition that it was at the moment of our Baptism. I offer an idea for making the most of this special day by extending God’s mercy into the lives of those with whom you live.Read Article

Controlling Kids in Church

Main Church entryway

Taking kids to Church is hard. There’s getting everyone fed, cleaned, dressed, and out the door on time. Then, of course, there’s the issue of noise. Kids aren’t very self-aware, and if yours are like mine, they enjoy the echo of their own voice in Church.Read Article

Episode 8: Five Years

Number five on a building wall

Five years of work and love have gone into the Catholic Husband blog. Back then, I was just a young pup, newly married and anticipating the birth of my son. Now I’m a seasoned husband with three children. As I look back, those five years went by fast. It’s a great lesson in making your days count.Read Article

Momentum

Running shoes with a field in the background

A 10-day stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) will drain you. Lucy’s stay was a bit unexpected, and very frustrating. I think any parent of a newborn shares these emotions. Read Article

Episode 7: Equilibrium

Giant waterfall crest

Raising little kids can be frustrating. One day they’re happy-go-lucky and the next, they’re in a constant meltdown. What can their moodiness teach us about ourselves?Read Article

Data Driven

Hosptial vitals monitor screen

I’m a guy who likes data. I like to see numbers, charts, and graphs. I can understand them and make decisions based off of them. It’s just the way that I am.Read Article

Episode 6: Seasons

Tree flowering in spring

Seasons are a fact of life. In our personal experience, we have our own kinds of seasons. In good seasons, all is well, but in challenging seasons, we feel afloat. How does God prepare us for the season that we’re in?Read Article

A Successful Day

City lights at night

Defining success is elusive. In fact, it’s one of the more personal determinations that we make. We’ve had some great examples of success with the recent Winter Olympic games. It’s easy to conclude that the gold medal is the only one worth having, but how good must bronze feel after a decade of sacrifice, training, and hard work?Read Article

Episode 5: Data Loss

iPhone sitting on a table

My iPhone started having issues a few weeks ago. I finally decided to do a clean install of iOS, and in the process, lost a ton of valuable data. It reset my focus this lent.Read Article

21 Years

Path into the woods

Confession is the gym of Catholic Sacraments. We rarely go, too sheepish to confront the reality of who we are. It’s difficult, embarrassing, and humbling. Of course, there’s the problem of a lack of confession times. When we do muster up the courage to go, we wait for 45 minutes at the back of an endless line of little old ladies who apparently just finished up a serious crime spree.Read Article

Episode 4: Fr. Gus

2018-02-22

We moved to a new town last summer, and have settled into our new parish. My kids are really taken with our pastor. I talk about why.Read Article

Resilience

Mountain river on a foggy morning

As a parent, I have a ton of things that I want to teach my children. I want to give them the skills and values that I believe will help them grow into healthy, well-adjusted members of society. Resilience is one of those skills.Read Article

Episode 3: The Day After Perfect

Surfer falls into massive wave

It’s the day after Ash Wednesday, and the reality of Lent is starting to sink in. If you enjoyed some delicious bacon yesterday, you’re not alone. I talk about the best way to handle failures on your Lenten journey.Read Article

I Choose Superhero

Man on roof at sunrise

Our cities and neighborhoods produce the finest political thinkers, artists, innovators, and pioneers on the planet. Our forefathers pulled themselves up by their bootstraps and overcame every obstacle. We have fought for freedom, moved beyond adversity, and created the greatest geopolitical force for good in the history of the world. Read Article

Episode 2: Oh My Lent

Arid desert at high noon

Up until about 4 years ago, I hated Lent. Now, I see it for what it really is. Make this Lent special by using focus and the community around you to overcome your biggest hurdle. Read Article

August Ames

Boquet of flowers in darkness

Until late last year, I didn’t know August Ames. One day in early December, I was checking in on the trending topics, and clicked her name. She was a porn star who met her untimely demise at the age of 23.Read Article

Episode 1: Hello Again

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After four years, the podcast is back! Now with a new, shorter format, I lay out my plans for the podcast and share thoughts on my hiatus last year.Read Article

Living in A Fantasy

Rain on a tenament

I love reading the paper. I’ve written about that fact several times on this blog. Perhaps my favorite part of reading the paper is reading the in-depth reporting. Each day there are long-form articles that have been worked on extensively over a prolonged period of time. These exposes are journalism at its finest. Since October, we’ve collectively been discussing sexual harassment and assault due to this type of reporting.Read Article

In Memoriam

A single red rose

My niece, Maddux Rose, passed away yesterday. She was born in December with a genetic disorder. Read Article

Integrating the Bible into Your Life

Bible with coffee and Christmas lights in background

I want to share something with you that made an outsized impact on my life last year. For me, 2017 was full of change and new circumstances. In the midst of all of that instability, I noticed that I placing my hope for happiness in the wrong places.Read Article

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CHET COLLINS is a full-time sidekick to three small humans. He gets his best creative work done during their nap time. He’s the author of the The Transition: A Practical Guide to Engagement for the Catholic Man and Grant Us Peace. Chet also dabbles in web design when time permits. When he catches a break from the kids, you can find him enjoying the silence.

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CHET COLLINS is a full-time sidekick to three small humans. He gets his best creative work done during their nap time. He’s the author of the The Transition: A Practical Guide to Engagement for the Catholic Man and Grant Us Peace. He dabbles in web design when time permits. When he catches a break from the kids, you can find him enjoying the silence.